Château Palmer originally formed part of the historic estate of Château d’Issan until the late 16th century when a part of it was sold to the Gascq family. Originally called Château Gascq, the wine was a favourite at the court of Louis XV. Following the battle of Toulouse, the British General Charles Palmer decided to remain in France and purchase the estate changing the name to Château Palmer in 1814. He gradually bought additional surrounding land and developed the Château in to one of the finest producers in Margaux. In 1842 the General ran into financial difficulty, which, in turn affected the quality of the wine produced at Palmer. After a poor vintage in 1843, Charles Palmer was forced to sell the estate for a much reduced rate to Françoise-Marie Bergerac. In 1853 Palmer was bought by the industrialists Emile and Isaac-Rodrigue Péreire whose name in the banking world rivalled that of the Rothschilds. Sadly they did not have enough time to turn around the fortunes of the wine by the time the 1855 classification was announced, but they did build the distinctive and much loved turreted Château and developed the estate. Unfortunately phylloxera and economic depression brought an end to this golden era. Like many other properties in the Médoc, Palmer fell on hard times between the World Wars and was sold in 1938 to the négotiants Sichel, Ginestet, Miailhe and Mähler-Besse and these four famous Bordeaux families began to build Palmer back to its former glory. Sichel and Mähler- Besse remain owners to this day.
Château Palmer is situated in the appellation of Margaux and is considered second only to Château Margaux itself. Palmer is renowned for its beauty, perfume, concentration and its relatively high proportion of Merlot grapes in the blend makes it the Médoc’s most similar wine to those of Pomerol. The wine has a velvety smoothness with a high concentration of berry fruits and a floral nose of spring flowers.
Despite its classification as a Third Growth, Palmer regularly surpasses the price and Parker points of many Second Growths, especially when the weather conditions are not perfect. Palmer is considered by critics to be amongst the best produced wines anywhere in Bordeaux.